Kell Brook isn’t the type to get complacent as he heads towards Saturday’s showdown with Frankie Gavin.
But if he was, he’d only have to think about his much-decorated Sheffield gym-mate Junior Witter to wash the thought out of his mind.
Witter, who was WBC world champion for two years, was beaten by Gavin in November 2012 as they competed at Bethnal Green for the British welterweight title.
Brook says: “I am not going into this wearing rose-tinted glasses, Frankie has all the ability in the world and tough fights bring the best out of him.
“He can be very dangerous which is why I have put all the (training) work in I have. He beat Junior Witter who is from my own gym.
“I have listened to what Junior has said about him but I am just going out there to do what I was born to do - I will beat him.”
Saturday won’t be the first time the pair have shared the ring; Brook and Gavin sparred at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport when they were both amateurs.
“I can remember he was very tricky, then, he had very good judgement - a good eye about how to avoid shots” said the Ingle man.
“I am expecting he will make me miss on Saturday night, too...but I have got 12 rounds and at some point I am going to catch him.”
Gavin claims he has detected a chink in Brook’s armour and says it might be enough to upset the bookies and take the Ecclesall fighter’s IBF world championship belt at the 02 Arena.
“I don’t know what he thinks he has seen that he can try and exploit; we’ll find out at the weekend,” says Brook, who makes his Pay Per View TV debut on Sky Sports Box Office.
“He has wanted this fight for a long time and now he has got his chance.”
Gavin has stopped one of his opponents in the last seven appearances and during that time he lost his unbeaten record to Leonard Bundu.